Hypocrisy is a close second to “ad hominem attack” in the list of misused misunderstood accusations. One is only hypocritical when you are simultaneously, willfully and shamelessly engaging in the exact same conduct that you are publicly condemning. Opposing today conduct you endorsed or engaged in the past? Not hypocritical. Changing your mind about the virtues of past conduct? Not hypocritical. Condemning conduct by others that you are not able to stop yourself from engaging in but recognize as wrong? Again, that’s not hypocrisy.
This is hypocrisy:
A local NAACP-organized march against the supposed “vote suppression” measure of requiring the showing of photo IDs at polling places as a prerequisite to vote required, as you can see above, the possession of photo IDs as a prerequisite to protesting the required possession of photo IDs.
A better and more cynical example it would be difficult to find. It also highlights the gross dishonesty of the partisan, race-baiting objections to simple, common, reasonable identification measures to ensure the integrity of the election process. The efforts to derail these measures across the country have entailed similar absurdities, such as witnesses flying cross-country, which requires photo identification, to testify under oath about how impossible it would be for people like them to meet photo ID requirements. The document distributed by the organization of the march makes it clear what is really going on, but better still, it gives us a single document to produce when we need a graphic example of true hypocrisy.
Graphic: Daily Caller